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Pop Toy Design

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  • Tue 7 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thu 9 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Sat 11 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 3:00pm


Old Museum Building - Massey University, Buckle St, Mt Cook, Entrance D, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Student Ticket: $150.00

Students will be introduced to the imaginative world of character design through the design and development of their own pop surreal character toy. Inspired by the Pop-Surreal movement which has evolved an empire of quirky imaginative characters, Tanya and Garry will demonstrate the process of design development from concept design, sculpture and mould making through to the final toy product.

Students will work towards having a finished toy that is able to be reproducible as a limited run urban toy. This workshop will suit both students who already have a strong idea, and also nurture those who are new to this genre, guiding them through the design process, to help them achieve their goal of creating a tangible result.

This class is tutored by Tanya Marriott and Garry Buckley. Tanya Marriott is a multidisciplinary designer who works in a variety of media including interactive design and play, character and toy design, film and animation. Her work seeks to build meaningful experiences and storytelling opportunities between digital and tangible activities.

Through practice led research, the work explores tactile and interactive engagement, and the subsequent development of meaningful narrative within an installation, animation and artifact format. Her varied creative outputs have been described as imaginative and quirky, and uniquely different. She is an internationally recognised figurative sculptor in the area of doll design, and is the President of the National Institute of American Doll Artists.

A Senior Lecturer at Massey University, College of Creative Arts in New Zealand, Tanya teaches animation, play and illustration, and is in the process of beginning her PhD.

This masterclass is part of 'The Art and Industry of Imagination' event.

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